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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ (Eulalia grass, Maiden grass)

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ mis-KAN-thus sih-NEN-sis Common Name: Eulalia grass, Maiden grass Genus: Miscanthus
This elegantly shaped grass has narrow leaves with white mid-ribs and a vase-like form to 6 feet tall. It shows bronze autumn color and can stand throughout winter to provide architectural interest. Tassel-like inflorescences appear in fall and can be used as cut or dried flowers.
Noteworthy characteristics: Elegant form; four-season interest.
Care: Adaptable, but best in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Does not tolerate excessive winter moisture. Cut to the ground by early spring. Needs space to grow.
Propagation: Sow seed in a cold frame in spring. Divide young plants in spring (older plants are difficult to divide). Pot on divisions or grow seedlings in a cold frame until established.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time Fall
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Flower Color Brown Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Screening, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Waterside
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Grasses

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